Police and Emergency Services

Police and Emergency ServicesThe Greens believe that the current police oversight system is in dire need of reform, with the current system seriously failing the community and eroding trust in the NSW Police Force. For the benefit of both the public and police, a well-resourced, independent, fair and prompt police oversight body is essential.

Too many police suffer psychological injury at work and too often they are not given the support needed to cope with their injuries. In consultation with injured police, their families and relevant experts our office released a comprehensive roadmap for reform on police psychological injury.

The Greens NSW want additional resources for the police, to let them respond effectively to domestic and family violence. This includes increasing the availability and number of Domestic Violence Liaison Officers to ensure adequate supervision of general duties officers.

We are also calling for police to be given training in attempting to resolve situations without the use of firearms or Tasers wherever possible. We will be pushing to remove Tasers from the NSW Police Force until additional safeguards are in place, ensuring that only specially trained squads can use Tasers, that they’re are only used as a substitute for firearms in situations where there is a serious threat of violence to a person, and that they are not used to enforce compliance in non-serious situations.

The Greens NSW are the only major party in NSW that opposes the police use of drug dogs. The use of dogs is ineffective at catching drug dealers but has resulted in substantial impacts on civil liberties. Figures obtained by our office show that police drug dogs continue to be ineffective, with a high false positive rate of 64%.


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Find out more about the Greens NSW ‘Police and Emergency Services’ policies

We’ve spoken to many emergency service workers who want to put a submission into the current bullying inquiry, but have concerns about how making a submission might impact on their employment, and specifically that they have worries that making a submission may lead to them being bullied. The committee understands these concerns, and has a […]

Shoot-to-kill powers are an unprecedented police overreach that will not make us safer

The Coalition’s plan to rush new shoot-to-kill police powers through Parliament today will not make us safer and instead pushes NSW closer to a police state. It carries on a trend of laws that empower police including anti-protest, move-on and consorting laws that together endanger our civil liberties. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge […]

Shoot to kill powers will not make us safer

Implementing The NSW Coroner’s recommendations in relation to the Lindt Café Siege is important and necessary step in moving forward but cannot come at the expense of our civil liberties. The Coalition’s announcement to tighten parole and give police “shoot to kill” powers  will not make us safer and there is little evidence to suggest […]

New report from BOCSAR confirms why roadside drug testing is so flawed

Over the past year there has been a 320 percent increase the number of people charged with drug driving offences in NSW, with young people and residents of low-income areas making up the bulk of the arrests, according to new data released by the state’s crime statistics agency. As reported by Junkee, the data from the Bureau […]

Police Minister bluster does little for victims

The Minister for Police Troy Grant has today announced an aggressive, evidence-free package of reforms with the apparent dual purpose of seeing sex offenders face harsher penalties while also reducing the dramatic increases in the prison population. The package allocates more than $200 million dollars which will fund 200 extra staff in Community Corrections and […]

Challenges ahead for new NSW Police Commissioner

The Greens wish new Police Commissioner Mick Fuller well in his new role leading the NSW Police Force. The NSW Police Force is well overdue for fresh leadership, with poor succession planning by the Coalition as well as  infighting and internal disputes amongst senior police overshadowing the broader work of frontline police for too long. […]

NSW Police Force overdue for fresh leadership with Commissioner Scipione’s retirement

With the announcement that NSW Police Commissioner Scipione will be ending his role in April, the Greens acknowledge Commissioner Scipione’s service and wish him well. The NSW Police Force is well overdue for fresh leadership, with infighting and internal disputes amongst senior police overshadowing the broader work of frontline police for too long. Greens MP […]

State Crime Command will investigate Mark Haines’ death

The NSW Police have today announced that the State Crime Command will review the case of murdered Aboriginal 17 year old Mark Haines. This announcement comes on the 29th anniversary of Mark’s death as his family and supporters joined with Greens MP David Shoebridge to protest the lack of police action at Tamworth Police station. […]

2016: guns, amalgamations and steel

As the year draws to a close we can look back on some of the campaigning achievements of 2016. It has not been an easy year for progressive politics around the world, but here in NSW we’ve had some results worth celebrating. We have campaigned strongly against forced council amalgamations, resulting in many councils being saved. […]

Sniff Off 2016 Highlights

It’s been a huge year for Sniff Off, the NSW Greens campaign against the use of drug dogs at bars, festivals, and public transport! We’ve put out hundreds of updates on drug dog locations throughout NSW, grown from 8,000 to over 25,000 likes on Facebook, and handed out thousands of flyers at festivals, train stations […]